The St. Louis Rams have traded running back Brian Leonard to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for defensive tackle Orien Harris, the team announced today.
“We feel Orien is a good addition to our roster,” said Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. “This move allows us to add more depth to our defensive line rotation. We appreciate Brian’s contributions to the Rams these past two years and we wish him the best in Cincinnati.”
Harris, 6-3, 300 pounds, played in 14 games with one start for the Bengals in 2008, registering 24 tackles.
Harris was acquired by the Bengals on waivers from the New Orleans Saints a week prior the start of the 2008 regular season. Harris joined the Saints in December of 2007 after being signed off of the Buffalo Bills practice squad. He was inactive for two contests with the Saints. He played in two games for the Cleveland Browns in 2006 after being signed off of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad that year.
Harris, 25, was a fourth-round (133rd overall) draft choice of the Steelers in the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami (Fla.). Harris started 34 of 48 career games at Miami, recording 11 sacks.
Leonard, 6-1, 226, was selected by the Rams in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Leonard played in 18 career games with seven starts for the Rams. He rushed 88 times for 310 yards.